The Norfolk Public Library will be closed starting Monday March 16th until further notice

Discussion Groups

Some groups are meeting virtually while the building is closed. Call in information will be posted here as well as the Adult Electronic Resources Page and the Facebook Event. Some group meeting times have changed.

Page Turners

1st Tuesday* of the Month at 1pm (*unless otherwise noted)
This lively discussion group typically meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the Schoolhouse. The reading selections are mostly fiction choices–with a sprinkling of non-fiction and classics–with an emphasis on books appealing to an eclectic taste as well as those with interesting points of discussion. This group runs September through June. Registration is not required and drop-ins are welcome. Copies of the discussion book are available in the library to check out at the circulation desk a month prior to discussion. For more information contact: Tamara Dalton [email protected]

This year’s theme is “Armchair Adventures!”: Travel the world, into alternate realities, back in time, into the future, and into worlds not yet created–all from the comfort of your favorite reading spot.

  • May 5, 2020: The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick (304 p., 2015) (Click on the title to be brought right to Hoopla)
  • June 2, 2020: TBD
  • July 7: Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler (325 p., 2013)
    August 2, 2020: Afternoon Tea and Book Swap (location TBD)

Call In Information:

Video link:
or Join by phone:
‪+1 415-993-3313‬ PIN: ‪557 098 601‬#


History Book Discussion Group

2nd Thursday of the month at 4pm beginning March 4th.

Do you love reading about history? Then you will love this group! A different history title will be available each month behind the circulation desk. No registration is required to attend this book discussion group. 

  • March 12: Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough (biography of the young Teddy Roosevelt)
  • April 9: Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy
  • May 14: Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • June 11: The Plantagenets: the Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones
  • This group will not meet in July and August
  • September 10: Lonesome Dove : A Novel by Larry McMurtry
  • October 8: Thunderstruck, by Eric Larson
  • November 12: In the Enemy’s House: The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies by Howard Blum
  • December 10: The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit by Sloan Wilson


Great Decisions

3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm

Developed by the Foreign Policy Association, the Great Decisions Discussion Program is designed to bring millions of Americans together in study groups to discuss, debate and learn about compelling issues of the day. Prepare for the discussion by viewing a short video, reading a few brief articles, then discussing and debating timely national and international issues.

For more information contact: Ralphael Maliakal        [email protected]

The new 2019 Great Decisions book is available at the circulation desk.


Read It and Eat It

Every 6 weeks at 7pm. Registration is required. Please check the calendar for specific dates. 
Join others who share a passion for cookbooks to discuss and sample the fares of some of today’s more celebrated cookbook titles. Although bringing a prepared dish is not required, it is encouraged. Check the event calendar for specific dates. Titles will be available at the circulation desk weeks ahead of the meeting. For more information contact Sarah Ward, [email protected]

April 9: Indian

June 4: Throwdown Event (To register you must have attended at least four regular meetings)


Taste of Poetry

1st Tuesday* of the month at 11:30am (*Unless otherwise noted)
Bring your lunch and an appetite for poetry. Each month we look at a few poems by a well-known poet. We provide copies of the poems – no need to read anything in advance – and lead a discussion after reading them. For more information contact: Tamara Dalton [email protected]

Upcoming Poets:

  • April 7, 2020: Robert Browning (Material will be made available digitally on Monday 4/6)
  • May 5, 2020: Dorothy Parker
  • June 2, 2020: Langston Hughes

Call In Information:

Video link:
or Join by phone:
+1 260-786-0556‬ PIN: ‪452 928 146‬#


YA Book Club for Adults

Are you an adult who still enjoys the drama and angst of teenage life?  Then this book club is for you! Join fellow YA lovers at a local restaurant every month to discuss young adult literature. Registration is required, click on the date to register. Please note this group does not meet at the library! For more information please contact Libby O’Neill, [email protected].

Location: This group will meet virtually while the library is closed. Call in information coming soon!

March 25th: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart 

April 29th: Title TBD

May 27th: Title TBD

June 24th: The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White


NPL/COA Book Group

3rd Tuesday of the month at the Senior Center (28 Medway Branch), 2-3pm

Registration is required either through the Library or the COA. Open to all adults 18+, not just seniors. 

April 21: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (nonfiction) (Virtual call in information coming soon!)

 May 19: Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd


Killer Reads: A True Crime Book Group

2nd Monday of the month beginning in January 2020, 7pm in the schoolhouse, registration is required. 

A book group for lovers of the true crime genre. Each month we will read and discuss a different title. Copies of each month’s book will be available at the circulation desk. 

April: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara (Virtual meeting information to come)

May: The Killer Across the Table by John Douglas

June: American Predator by Maureen Callahan

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